Artie Shaw- The Essential Artie Shaw, Recordings between 1938 and 1953 Artie Shaw was my grandfather’s favorite big band leader. Often when we think of swing or big band leader. Often when we think of swing or big band certain names come to mind such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, or Benny Goodman. In my opinion, Artie Shaw was one of the most underrated composers during this time. If you are a fan of big band, swing, or jazz this is the perfect record to finish off a long day with a nice brandy. Favorite offerings from this album include Concerto for Clarinet Pts. 1 & 2, Frenesi, Scuttlebutt, and the incredibly popular Nightmare.
Django Reinhardt- The Best of Django Reinhardt, 1996 The story of Django Reinhardt is truly a remarkable one. On the night of November 2nd, 1928, Reinhardt went to sleep with his wife in their shared caravan. In the evening, Reinhardt knocked over a candle, which resulted in engulfing flames that caused permanent damage to his hand. Doctors believed he would never play again, but Reinhardt learned to master his gypsy style with only his index finger, and middle finger. Favorite offerings from this album include Django’s tiger, Minor Swing, Blues clair, and My Serenade.
John Fahey- Day Have Gone By Vol. 6, 1967 If you ever find yourself hiking, camping, or waking up early with a nice cup of coffee this is the perfect record. I listen to this record at least a couple times a week if not more because it removes any stress or worry throughout my day, and my hope is that it does the same for you! John Fahey’s entire discography is remarkable. If you enjoy this record, make sure to discover more! Favorite offerings Impressions of Susan, The Portland Cement Factory at Monolith, California, and We Would Be Building.
Jorge Ben- Samba Esquema Novo, 1963 When it comes to Brazilian records from the 60’s, and 70’s I am a huge fan. So many great artists have come from Brazil such as Tim Maia, Jorge Ben, Gal Costa just to name a few because they are all masters at fusing different styles like Samba, Jazz, Funk, and Soul. This was my gateway record that opened my eyes to Brazilian music. Favorite offerings include Mas, Que Nada!, Chove Chuva, Rosa, Menina Rosa, and Vem Morena Vem.